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Voting and Elections Guidelines for Missouri

Register and Vote

What is on the ballot in the next election? How to register to vote? ...and more

What is on your ballot?

The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 7. Note that St. Louis city elections will also be on that day.

Please visit to get your personalized ballot information

VOTER ID - Updated

On August 28, 2016 the Missouri Legislature passed House Bill 1631 amending the Voter ID requirements in the state of Missouri, and subsequently passed a constitutional amendment Joint Resolution HJR53 Amendment 6 on November 8, 2016.

See below for guidelines for voter id's or click Here

If you're a registered voter, you can vote!

Missouri's photo ID requirement for voting took effect June 1, 2017. That means in any 2018 election, you will be asked to show a photo ID before you vote. If you voted in the last election, you can vote!

Here's how you can ShowIt2Vote:

Show a government-issued photo ID.

  • Driver License + Non-driver license + Passport + Military ID

Sign the provided statement and show one of the following.

  • Voter Registration Card + ID from a Missouri university, college, vocational or technical school + Utility Bill + Bank Statement + Government Check + Paycheck + Other Government document showing your name and address

Vote a provisional ballot.

There are two ways your vote counts.

If your signature matches the signature in the voter registry, your vote counts.

If you come back to your polling place and show a photo ID, your vote counts.

If you want don't have a photo ID, the Missouri Secretary of State's office will help you obtain one (1) non-driver license for free. We can help you obtain the documents you need at no cost to you.

You may need a copy of your certified birth certificate, certified marriage license, certified divorce decree, certified adoption papers or amended birth certificate, a court order that changed your name, a social security card that reflects your name, or naturalization papers that prove citizenship.

If you do not have a photo ID to vote, but already possess the necessary documents to obtain a non-driver license and want one (1) to vote, please visit your local license office and request a non-driver license for voting purposes. Go to to find the nearest license office.

To obtain a non-driver license from the Missouri Department of Revenue, you will need to provide the following:

  • Proof of Name, Date of Birth, Place of Birth
  • U.S. Birth Certificate OR U.S. Passport OR U.S. Certificate of Citizenship, Naturalization or Birth Abroad OR a photocopy of a certified U.S. Birth Certificate accompanied by a U.S. Military Identification Card OR U.S. Military Discharge Papers
  • Social Security Number (verbally or by presenting card)
  • Proof of Missouri Residential Address Utility Bill + Paycheck + Government Check + Mortgage Document + Voter Identification Card + Property Tax Receipt + Housing Rental Contract + Bank Statement

The Secretary of State's office has developed a memorandum regarding the Voter ID law, concluding that the provisions of Article VIII, Section 11 and Section 115.427. RSMo will allow for optional ways of voting beyond the 2018 elections.

Absentee Voting and Voter ID

Absentee voting

Applying for a Ballot:

In accordance with RSMo 115.279, a voter may apply for an absentee ballot in person, by mail, or by facsimile.

City of St Louis Absentee Ballot Request

On-line request for Absentee Ballot St Louis County

Federal Armed Service Absentee Ballot Request Form

In Person: A registered voter may apply for an absentee ballot in person or for a relative within the first or second degree of consanguinity or affinity at the office of the Saint Louis County Board of Election Commissioners. The relationship to the family member must be specified on the application. Click here to view a chart illustrating relationship degrees.

By Mail: If you would like to vote absentee through the mail, we will need a written request. You must reapply for a ballot for each election.

A registered voter may apply for their own absentee ballot or an absentee ballot for a family member within the first or second degree of consanguinity or affinity. The relationship to the family member must be specified on the application. Click here to view a chart illustrating relationship degrees.

If you are unable to obtain a copy of the ballot application, you may also mail/fax a written request to our office. The letter should contain the following information:

1. Name of voter requesting an absentee ballot
2. Birthdate and last 4 digits of social security number
3. St. Louis County residence address
4. Address where ballot is to be mailed (if different from residential address
5. Reason for voting absentee
6. Election for you which are requesting an absentee ballot
7. Political party preference (this applies to primary elections only)
8. Signature of the voter
9. Signature of person applying for a ballot and their relationship to the voter

  • Anyone registering by mail may vote absentee the first time only after enclosing a copy of his or her driver's license or other approved ID with the absentee ballot request. Click here to view acceptable forms of identification.

Absentee ballot requests must be mailed or faxed to the Election Board no later than 5 p.m. the Wednesday before the election. Absentee ballot applications may be returned by mail or fax to:

St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners Attention: Absentee Department 725 Northwest Plaza Dr St. Ann, MO 63074 Phone: 314-615-1800 Fax: 314-615-1997

If you are voting absentee by mail, your notarized affidavit envelope, with your voted ballot inside, must be returned to the Election Board no later than 7 p.m. the day of the election. The ballot may be returned by the voter in person, through the mail, or by registered carrier or a registered voter's relative in the 1st or 2nd degree. Click here to view a chart illustrating relationship degrees

In Person Voting In person voting begins six weeks prior to each election and is available at the Election Board's Office during our regular business hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please be sure to bring with you an acceptable form of identification.

In person voting is also available the Saturday before each election from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The deadline to vote absentee in-person is 5:00 p.m. the Monday before each Election Day.

Permanently Disabled Voters who are permanently disabled, or their caregiver, may apply to be on our permanently disabled voter list. Once placed on the permanent absentee list, a voter will automatically be mailed an absentee ballot application for each election held within their voting jurisdiction. Download a copy of the permanently disabled form here.

For additional absentee voting information, please call 314-615-1933 or 314-615-1836

View a sample list of acceptable forms of identification.

Franklin County-

Jefferson County-

The Jefferson County Clerk's office is located at 729 Maple, Hillsboro, MO 63050 636-797-5486 or 800-748-3456

Lincoln County -

Lincoln County Clerk--Absentee voting for Lincoln County Lincoln County Clerk's office is at the Courthouse, Room 104, 201 Main St., Troy, MO 63379. 1-636-528-6300

St. Charles County -

St. Charles County Election Office--Absentee voting for St. Charles County St. Charles County Election office is located at 397 Turner Blvd. St. Peter's, MO. 636-949-7550

Warren County -

Warren County Clerk--Absentee voting for St. Charles County The Warren County clerk's office is located at 101 Mockingbird Lane, Suite 302, Warrenton, MO 63383, 636-456-3331

What is a Primary Election?

In Missouri, when you register to vote, you do not state your preference of a political party. There are elections when you can select a ballot for the political party of your choice. These are called primary elections. This is the time when candidates in the same political party vie to be the party candidate in the general election.

At a primary election, voters may choose a political party ballot or a non-partisan ballot which contains only the ballot issue(s).

Find out if you are registered to vote

If you have moved within the same county you may complete your change of address at the correct polling place for your current address on election day.

You may check your voter registration at the following web site.

Secretary of State Voter Lookup

Voter Registration & Election Authority Contact Information

Register and Vote Brochure

Free copies for distribution are available by calling the League office at 314-961-6869.

The Election Authority in each county or city is responsible for voter registration. You must register in the county where you reside.

Franklin County Clerk
400 E. Locust, Ste. 201
Union, MO 63084

Jefferson County Clerk
729 Maple, Room G12
Hillsboro, MO 63050
636-797-5486 or 800-748-3456

Lincoln County Clerk
201 Main Street, Room 104
Troy, MO 63379

St. Charles County Election Office
397 Turner Blvd.
St. Peters, MO 63376

St. Louis City Board of Election Commissioners
300 N. Tucker
St. Louis, MO 63101

St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners
725 Northwest Plaza Dr
St. Ann, MO 63074

Warren County Clerk
104 W. Main Street, Suite B
Warrenton, MO 63383

Additional Resources

Political Party Contacts in Missouri (Registered with the Secretary of State of Missouri) Political Party Contacts in Missouri

Missouri Secretary of State

Official Missouri State

Official St. Louis City Information

Official St. Louis County Information

St. Louis County Municipal League